Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What's the first thing you think of when you hear the words.....

fair trade? WAIT. Don't leave yet. I promise this will be more interesting than you think it will be!

Here were my thoughts - expensive, Indian artifacts, Al Gore.

Here's what fair trade is....
  • Creates opportunities for marginalized producers.
  • Develops transparent relationships.
  • Builds capacity.
  • Pays promptly and fairly.
  • Supports safe and empowering working conditions.
  • Ensures the rights of children.
  • Cultivates environmental stewardship.
  • Respects cultural identity.
The goal of fair trade is to alleviate poverty, honestly reveal the chain of trade so you know where and how your purchases are made, and develop the independence of the producer. Children are required to have the ability to attain an education and are not exploited in any way. Sounds good to me!

You can buy anything from the things you normally hear about like coffee and chocolate to fabric and spa products. Every item at DFC is fair trade with the exception of the Made with Purpose products because they are sacrificial on the part of the artisan, but the artisan KNOWS that. I am proud of our participation in fair trade.

Is it more expensive? In some cases it is. I think that encourages responsible spending though. You and I can hold off on the products that we don't know where they came from and wisely choose to spend your money on fair trade instead when the time is right for you. I'm sure that will sound like a good thing to my husband!

I'm not saying everything has to be purchased at organic fair trade stores. We can't possibly know where everything we purchase comes from, but if we become conscious of choosing to find some fair trade items to purchase for birthdays, etc., I think it will make a huge difference.

You can find where stores and products here.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite fair trade store or item? Let's hear about it?

1 comment:

  1. Love fair trade coffee! Big fan! Like your blog. Nice subjects addressed.